At its most basic level, the only thing that a planter has to offer is the witness to God’s love that is evident in his or her own life. New people will want to examine the planter’s faith to see if Christian discipleship is worthy of their own commitment. Planters who have journeyed through difficulty and remain filled with the joy of their faith have a powerful witness. As they move through the difficulty of planting a new ministry, they will need to rely on this enduring faith.
—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
What enables you to maintain a joyful witness even in hard times? Join the conversation.
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have rescued.
—Psalm 71:23 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:
Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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